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Sally Richardson


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Sally Richardson is a director/producer/writer/dramaturg in the performing arts in Australia. Productions of her work have been presented nationally and internationally. Sally has worked for companies and organisations including NIDA, WAAPA, ABC Radio, Sydney Theatre Company, Playwriting Australia, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Deckchair Theatre , Black Swan Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, The Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir Theatre, La Mama, The Flying Fruitfly Circus, The National Institute of Circus Arts, amongst others. She is a previous artistic director of Playworks (Australia) and Stages WA. Her work has been a winner/finalist for Helpmann Awards, Green Room Awards, Equity Guild Awards, Ausdance Awards, Dance Australia Critics Choice Award amongst others. Projects range from theatre, dance, circus, puppetry, film, to corporate events, community projects and consultancy. She was a recipient of an Australia Council Dramaturgy fellowship in 2006, and a Creative Fellowship from the Western Australia Department of Culture and the Arts in 2008. She was a member of the Theatre Board of the Australia Council 2001-5, and artistic director of Steamworks Arts Productions (since 2001). Sally was a board member of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, the artistic advisory of Deckchair Theatre and Barking Gecko Theatre Company, and is currently on the program advisory of NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts). Sally was the Australian representative dramaturg for the 2010 New Visions, New Voices International Festival held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.

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Ghosts Child, The

Ghosts Child, The

One afternoon, an elderly woman, Matilda, finds a strange young man standing dripping wet on her doorstep. She offers him tea and biscuits, warmth and conversation, and then prompted by his curiosity and a question about a photograph of a dark-haired girl on a sail boat, she begins to reveal the story of her past. As she reflects, she re-lives her solitary childhood, her amazing journey around the world with her Father in search of the answer to a question What is the world's most beautiful thing?', her meeting and falling in love with Feather, a wild young man she discovers on a beach, and the painful loss of that love, and her sea journey to find Feather and ask him the question to which only he knows the answer; How can you know love, and lose it, and go on living without it, and not feel the loss forever? The young man who is listening to her tale, becomes actively involved in her storytelling, before he reveals to her who he is and why he has come to visit. He then accompanies her on one more final journey. The Ghost's Child is a story of great love and deep loss, and how to travel the path of one life in the face of these two all-pervasive realities. Something sets The Ghost's Child apart from other stories which approach this very human dichotomy. You are never certain that the man Maddy falls in love with is human, bird or dream. You are never certain whether the places in the story are real or imagined, and you are never certain whether the journeys to and from those places are actual or symbols of catharsis. Regardless, The Ghost's Child is told from one woman's perspective: Matilda, an old lady, sits in her armchair telling a young man the story of her life, from childhood to present day. We see Matilda's journey towards asking the greatest of questions, and we travel with her as she shares how she has spent the rest of her life living her answer, turning sorrow into joy one piece at a time.


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